Otago Girls' High School

Board of Trustees

Peter Hogan

In October 2012 I was co-opted as a parent representative onto the Otago Girls’ High School Board of Trustees and fully elected in the BOT elections in May 2013. In February 2014 year I was honoured to be elected BOT Chairperson and I am also a current member on the Board of Trustees Finance and Property sub-committee.

As a Project Engineer with strong background and knowledge of the construction and engineering industry, my experience with people, contracting, and business contracts allows me to contribute positively to the Board. My wife Jill and I have two children, Olivia finish at Otago Girls’ High School at the end of last year and Ben (in Year 12) is at Otago Boys’ High School. Outside of work I enjoy mountain biking and running, also contributing to our children’s sport and interests.

Lyn Hurring

My name is Lyn Hurring, and I have recently joined the Board of Trustees at Otago Girls’ High School. I am a Chartered Accountant married to Steve, and we have two children – Grace (in Year 11 at OGHS) and Joshua. I grew up in Dunedin and I am an ex-pupil of Otago Girls’.

I have been a Chartered Accountant since 2006 and have spent the majority of my time working in the non-profit sector. My career has encompassed working for organisations with strong links to both the education and health sectors, and I have a broad range of financial and management skills to bring to the Board table. Outside of work I like to dabble in art and am a member of the Otago Art Society. My family loves sports, especially cycling in its many forms.

Jacqui McFadgen

My name is Jacqui McFadgen and I am the mother of two girls who attend Otago Girls' High School, Ava and Ruby.

I have worked in the financial industry for 25+ years and I currently work as a Mortgage Adviser for Loan Market. I have previous experience being on a board at my children’s Primary School and am enjoying the new challenges that come with working within a high school. I look forward to supporting the Principal and staff to ensure opportunities for all in a positive learning environment.
I enjoy social netball, walking and supporting my girls in their sporting and cultural endeavours.

Rowena Monson

My name is Rowena Monson and this is my third term on the Board of Trustees. During this time I have sat on the Finance and Property subcommittee. I was also a member of the Otago Girls’ High School PTSA for five years and for a number of these years served as Chairperson.

In my position as Asia-Pacific Project Accounting Manager for MWH NZ Ltd I work with project managers on the financial management of their project across many countries in Asia. Outside of work I am a committee member of the Taieri Musical Society and Dunedin Operatic Theatre Restaurant group. My other interests are yachting, gardening and travel with my family.

Nicki Paterson

I was co-opted on to the Board of Trustees as a parent representative in May 2012 and voted on via school elections in 2013. My husband Darryl and I have two daughters in years 12 and 13. My association with Otago Girls’ High School started in 1999 when I was employed as the Netball Co-ordinator on a part-time basis and also had the pleasure of coaching the Senior A Netball Team.

I am currently the Regional Sporting Director responsible for supporting 23 Secondary Schools across Otago and previous to that was the Regional Manager for Netball Otago. My passion is sport and particularly the values and lessons our students can learn from being involved in sport at all levels. I am also a Board representative on the Schools Sports Council which has been set up to develop strategies to enhance sport at Otago Girls’.

Erolia Rooney

Talofa lava. My name is Erolia Leinatioletuitoga Eteuati Rooney and I am the mother of Ella Fuailelagi Rooney and Noah Fisaga Rooney. I am a Registered Medical Laboratory Scientist and the Supervising Scientist for the New Zealand Blood Service Blood Bank in the Dunedin Hospital. I have a strong belief in continuing education and motivating one to reach their potential. I enjoy sports, reading time, movies and family time. A smile and a hello goes a long way in my books and I am genuinely excited to be part of the Otago Girls High School Board of Trustees where I hope to be a positive addition to the wonderful establishment. Soifua.

David Smillie

My name is David Smillie and I was co-opted onto the Board of Trustees in March 2015. I have a daughter in Year 10 and also a niece in Year 13 at Otago Girls’. I am married to Richelle and we have two other children who attend Kaikorai Primary and Balmacewen Intermediate.

I work in the Commercial team at Gallaway Cook Allan, Lawyers where my work primarily involves business and property matters. Away from work I enjoy playing football and golf (and occasionally running) and supporting my children in their various activities. I am also on the Boards of Football South and Orokonui Ecosanctuary and am Treasurer of Mornington Football Club.

Sabrina Swerdloff

Student Representative

Simon Pickard

My name is Simon Pickard and I am honoured to be the Staff representative on the Board of Trustees. I have been teaching for 17 years, the last 11 at Otago Girls'.
I currently teach Design and Visual Communication and Hard Materials where I enjoy helping the girls imagine and create.
One of my roles is the "coach" of our PB4L team. This is something I believe in strongly. Building strong and positive people is the best way to ensure they will have success. I am also the teacher in charge Volleyball and really enjoy coaching and celebrating their success.

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